Cell C pushing to be first with new service offerings

Cell C Cell C said it remains focussed on providing customers with innovative and affordable products and will strive to be the first with new service offerings. Cell C had a strong year and was the first mobile network operator in Africa to launch Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone. The company is also the only…

Entrepreneur: Washirika Holdings’ Romeo Kumalo

Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo says more competition in the tech sector may be a solution to the high price of data in SA. Kumalo, the former Vodacom executive and a supporter of the #DataMustFall movement, has plans to introduce his own mobile virtual network operator — much like Virgin Mobile and FNB…

MTN South Africa evaluating the MVNO market

MTN South Africa, MVNO ITWeb reports that MTN South Africa is reportedly eyeing partnerships with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country, an area Cell C currently monopolises. MTN Business GM of partnerships Johannes Kanis told ITWeb the operator was already in discussions with a few MVNOs. MTN South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati would…

PSB Network, a new MVNO to provide religious experience

PBS Network, MVNO A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), PSB Network is being launched by a Southern African church network. PSB Network is backed by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB) Ministries, which has a core target market of around two million members within South Africa and its neighbours. “In order to service our community in…

Why it is legal for FNB to SIM-lock its smartphones

FNB, SIM-Lock FNB is not breaking any laws by locking its branded phones to its network. “Is that even legal?” is a question frequently asked when people discover FNB has SIM-locked its new ConeXis phones. SIM-locking refers to limiting the networks a device will run on. In the case of the FNB ConeXis X1 smartphone,…

Romeo Kumalo behind ‘massive’ new South Africa MVNO

South Africa, MVNO Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. By Duncan McLeod. Former top Vodacom executive Romeo Kumalo plans to launch a mobile virtual network operator in South Africa. The former CEO of Vodacom’s international operations is, however, tight-lipped about what the MVNO will…

South Africa MNO, Cell C hits 1 Million + MVNO Subscribers

South Africa, MNO, Cell C, MVNO The Cell C’s platform connects clients of Virgin Mobile, Mr Price Mobile and me&you mobile. SA MNO, Cell C’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform, which has enabled company’s such as FNB Connect to connect its customers, announced on Monday that it has has brought in over one million…

MVN-X MVNO customers to gain WiFi offload

MVNOs, WiFi offload MVN-X has announced that its customers can now gain automatic WiFi access at over 2 500 hotspots to complement their existing GSM voice and data services. MVN-X is the first niche network enabler in South Africa to partner with WiFi provider Always On to make this service available. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login,…

BRIEF: FNB launches free WhatsApp on FNB Connect

FNB Connect WhatsApp South Africa’s FNB has announced that its FNB Connect subscribers are able to use WhatsApp free since 1 May. This will run as a promotion on the mobile virtual network operator until 31 July. During this period, customers will be able to use WhatsApp without incurring data charges. Customers are not required…

BokSel capitalises on linguistic advantage

BokSel MVNO South Africa’s first Afrikaans-only mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has launched. BokSel is aimed at mobile users who prefer communication in Afrikaans. The new mobile network hopes to entice around 100 000 users. BokSel is the brainchild of Rennert van Rensburg, the man behind Afrikaans radio station Bok Radio. “There is a gap…

BokSel: South Africa’s new Afrikaans-only mobile network

BokSel MVNO Bok Radio has launched a virtual mobile network, with services advertised exclusively in Afrikaans. Bok Radio, a Cape Town-based Afrikaans radio station, has launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) called BokSel. Its website and services are offered exclusively in Afrikaans. “BokSel in an independent MVNO that manages its own product offerings, logistics,…

FNB Connect hits 200 000 subscribers, awarded most Innovative MVNO again!

FNB Connect FNB Connect has registered more than 200 000 active customers since its launch in June 2015 and has recently been awarded the Most Innovative MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) at the 15th Annual World MVNO Congress 2016, held in Amsterdam this month. This award adds to the 3 internationally recognized awards received since.…

FNB’s cell phone network now offers LTE; bank has activated 200 000 SIMs

FNB Financial institution First National Bank (FNB) activated its LTE service on its mobile network on Tuesday without much fanfare. The move comes after the bank launched its own mobile network, FNB Connect, in June last year. FNB Connect is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that rides on Cell C’s network. Since launch, FNB…

LTE SWITCHED ON FOR FNB CONNECT CUSTOMERS

LTE FNB CONNECT While our biggest mobile networks have been delivering LTE connectivity to their customers for some time now, the country’s Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) have been a little behind the curve when it’s come to delivering LTE services. FNB Connect has set out to rectify that, by switching on its LTE capabilities.…

Data Consolidation empowers MTN’s customer-centric network

MTN South Africa Ericsson’s User Data Consolidation offering gives MTN South Africa much more than just a future-proof solution to support the evolution of its services offering. MTN South Africa was looking for a subscriber data management solution to simplify the introduction of new services such as LTE and Wi-Fi, while reducing the total cost…

Cell C in legal fight with BEE partner

Cell C A LARGE empowerment shareholder at debt-laden cellular services group Cell C is looking to disrupt a much-needed recapitalisation exercise initiated by JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms. CellSAf, which holds an effective 25% stake in Cell C, has filed an application in the Gauteng High Court to liquidate 3C Telecommunications, the holding company for Cell…

Téléphonie : Samuel Eto’o passe à l’ennemi

MTN Samuel Eto’o, le footballeur star du Cameroun, devient l’ambassadeur de la filiale camerounaise de l’opérateur téléphonique MTN après avoir longtemps prêté son image au concurrent, Orange Cameroun. Les clients de MTN au Cameroun été bombardés de messages durant le week-end. Depuis le 21 mars, les réseaux sociaux sont envahis par des publicités de Samuel…

MTN SA makes progress on profitability

MTN Mobile phone operator MTN’s efforts to boost profitability in its troubled South African operation are starting to pay off even sales rose slightly in the 2015 financial year. MTN South Africa, the country’s second biggest mobile phone operator, on Thursday reported a 2.9% rise in revenue to R40 billion for the year to end-December…

OTT row: Q&A with Shameel Joosub

OTT TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod caught up with Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub to find out why the operator feels so strongly about the issue of possible regulation of over-the-top services like Skype and WhatsApp. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub has called for a debate on how so-called “over the top” (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, Skype…

Vodacom and MTN declare war on consumers with WhatsApp regulation: Cell C

OTT Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has shared his views on the possible regulation of WhatsApp in South Africa. Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has shared his views on the possible regulation of WhatsApp in South Africa. The column below is a direct reproduction of a statement written by Dos Santos. MTN and…